Mining Company - Capricorn Copper site Wi-Fi Survey

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The Summary


We undertook a site survey of the mining site including the three accommodate blocks covering over 200 huts. A full Wi-Fi coverage map of the site was developed using our Ekahau tools, that identified the black spots and issues with poor signal, and channel interference. We undertook a review of the television services to identify the root cause of the current issues. We also reviewed the communications rooms across the site and provided Capricorn a report on the issues with recommendations on the way forwards with addressing the issues.

Introduction


We was invited to undertake a Wi-Fi site survey of the Capricorn Copper site in North Queensland. We were informed that there were current issues of poor Wi-Fi coverage, Wi-Fi performance and issues with the current Television services to the miner’s accommodation huts.

The Challenge


The Wi-Fi service is provided across a wide area, with three accommodation blocks and an office block with over 200 accommodation huts. The blocks are built on rough ground of differing heights. Wi-Fi services are delivered by external Wi-Fi Access Points which are mounted on selected huts. Users log into the Wi-Fi service from their huts which enables users to gain access to Internet and Voice services.

Television services are delivered via Satellite services and distributed by coax cables to each of the huts with amplifiers implemented to boost services.

The biggest challenge is the environmental issues, the remote location, weather, dust and construction of the miner’s huts.

The Solution


We undertook a detailed survey of every building in the block identifying the Wi-Fi signal for each hut identifying the signal externally. The outcome was a detailed signal map for all three accommodation blocks identifying the issues and the recommended solution to address the issue.

We also undertook a review of the Television service to understand the issues (no service, missing channel, blurred picture, snowy pictures etc.). We was able to identify the issues and provide a recommendation for resolution of the issue.

We also reviewed all of the Communications Rooms and provided recommendations for the management of the rooms by the onsite support team.

The Benefits


As an Ekahau partner. we was able to utilise the Ekahau tools to expertly survey the Capricorn site to help identify the current status of the Wi-Fi services, including a recommendation on how to redesign the service to improve the signal to the miners.

With our experience in the delivery of Wi-Fi, infrastructure and workplace solutions, we was able quickly identify the issues and  provide Capricorn with a solution for the issues being experienced.